UNTIL a few months ago, local people had not heard of Durand Academy and their plans to buy and redevelop the old St Cuthman’s School. It was only the media that picked up the story and the plans are now slowly emerging.
While there may be some political and educational merit in starting a new boarding school for London children, the proposed site is in the wrong place.
Your headline quotes a spokesperson for Durand Academy following a recent exhibition as saying the response was positive, but she would say that – no matter what the real views had been.
This new school will have nothing to do with local residents because the school is for London children. Despite the huge financial commitment from the government, it seems very doubtful that any official looked at the site, considered the size of the development and thought about the access.
Most local people are appalled at the plan for such a major building project in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the South Downs National Park. What do the planners have to say about this?
Little thought has been given to the access. The only possible route will be along Linch Road, a country lane already identified as ‘Unsuitable for HGVs’. This road, some 15ft wide, has various pinch points and the broken wing mirrors in the road tell their own story. Construction traffic and school buses will create added danger.
With the country in recession and the government looking for ways to save money, this project needs reviewing.
Linch nr Liphook